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Such praise has been pouring in as people learn of her impending retirement. “I’ve gotten wonderful, lovely responses,” Brittingham says. “I have a note from a minister from the class of 1945 whom I had tapped to help out at the alumni memorial service one reunion weekend. We had breakfast together with some other people—that was my only contact with him. And he sent me a nice note asking, ‘What will we do? How will we plan our next reunion without you?’ It was really nice.”

For her part, Brittingham thanks the “wonderful assistant directors and administrative support staff” over the years for being “enormously helpful.” It has always been about the people, about the teamwork in her office, about the relationships with alumni, and meeting new students—the future alumni of Oberlin.

“The best thing about this job has been getting to know all of you,” she announced to the hundreds of alums, new graduates, and parents extending her a standing ovation during the reunion weekend luncheon in Wilder Bowl. “This has been the most fun job I could ever have imagined for myself. It’s always been about teamwork and loving Oberlin.”

Michael K. McIntyre is a reporter and columnist with the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a frequent contributor to OAM.


Executive Director, Oberlin Alumni Association

Oberlin is searching for alumni and others interested in replacing Midge Brittingham to apply for her position. The job entails overseeing programs such as class reunions, regional activities, on-campus lectures and conferences involving alumni, alumni tours, and online communications. Applicants with Oberlin degrees are highly desired, as are those with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, especially in recruiting and motivating volunteers. The work schedule requires flexibility, involving some evening work and about 10 weekends each year. The executive director supervises a small staff and works closely with the Alumni Association president and executive board on policies and program operations.

A full job description is available at: www.oberlin.edu/HR/APSopenings/APS02-214.html

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest and résumé to Ernie Iseminger, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, 50 West Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Résumés will be accepted until September 1, 2003, or until the position is filled.

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